Innovation beyond technology: alternative approaches and alternative responses

Marianne Boenink, Pieter Vermaas, Deborah Johnson, Alfred Nordmann, Ibo van der Poel

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Abstract

In recent years, values have acquired an increasingly prominent role in innovation and innovation policies. On the one hand, technology developers and designers increasingly frame their goal in terms of value creation (in a broad sense), sometimes leading to explicit ‘value sensitive’ design approaches. On the other hand, recent strategies for anticipatory governance and TA increasingly tend to include at least some attention for values. However, in both cases values are usually seen as stable phenomena, which can be used as unequivocal criteria for assessing the desirability of innovation. This ignores the fact that morality is dynamic, partly as a result of technological change. The challenge for philosophy of technology, I will argue, is twofold: (1) to bring in the notion of techno‐moral change in innovation and innovation policies, (2) without falling prey to naïve notions of steering such change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPT 2013: Technology in the Age of Information, 18th International conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherISEG School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon
Pages444-446
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2013
Event18th International conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology: Technology in the Age of Information - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jul 20136 Jul 2013
Conference number: 18th

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PublisherISEG School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon

Conference

Conference18th International conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology
Abbreviated titleSPT 2013
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period4/07/136/07/13

Keywords

  • IR-89435
  • METIS-302451

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    Boenink, M., Vermaas, P., Johnson, D., Nordmann, A., & van der Poel, I. (2013). Innovation beyond technology: alternative approaches and alternative responses. In SPT 2013: Technology in the Age of Information, 18th International conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (pp. 444-446). Lisbon: ISEG School of Economics and Management, Technical University of Lisbon.